Thank you for the beautiful video (at mySouTex.com) of Chase Field. I spent many hours hanging out of a helicopter gunner’s door with an aerial camera between my legs shooting base improvements and runway construction when I was stationed there as a photographer’s mate. I heard about the prison coming to Chase from my father, who saw an article in the L.A. Times on innovative ways of solving base closures.
I now live north of the old Ft. Ord Army base in Monterey, which also closed down due to military cutbacks. Beginning with much promise and two world-class golf courses, boosters imagined lots of new home construction and shopping. Unfortunately, the housing bust put all that on hold, but we still got Cal State University at Monterey. It’s becoming more beautiful every month as new construction replaces old barracks and offices.
Once again, well done documentary on a place that thousands of young men from all walks of life and from all over the country discovered in the small town of Beeville and were surprised to find it much friendlier and prettier than they had imagined before arriving.
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